"Sustainable financing" needed for regional and sub-regional organizations

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Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

Regional and sub-regional organizations working with the United Nations need financial support from the rest of the world, according to the President of the UN General Assembly.

Sam Kutesa was speaking at the beginning of a high-level thematic debate in New York focusing on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional groupings.

Daniel Dickinson reports

There are over 25 regional and sub-regional organizations that have established formal relationships with the United Nations.

They include large groups such as the Association of the South East Asian Nations known as ASEAN, the European Union and the Caribbean Community or CARICOM.

Many of the smaller groups do not have enough money to work effectively, according to General Assembly President, Sam Kutesa.

"These organizations continue to make a significant contribution, but several of them remain constrained by lack of financial, technical and logistical resources. It is incumbent upon us to find ways of ensuring predictable and sustainable financing for regional and sub-regional organizations, especially in cases where they undertake peacekeeping operations under a UN mandate."

Mr Kutesa has asked the international community to identify, what he called, "concrete proposals" for addressing the funding issue.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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